Optimism Is Never A Waste Of Time
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Optimism Is Never A Waste Of Time

The happiest people develop this skill.

Optimism Is Never A Waste Of Time
Kinga Cichewicz

Have you ever looked at a person and thought to yourself "Man, who peed in their cereal this morning"? Chances are, that person you saw was me on some dainty occasion.

Most times, I am great at viewing my situation with perspective, but that's not always enough. I sometimes can't seem to shake that blue feeling that washes over my body in waves.

For those moments that time permits, It's healthy to sit with those feelings and ride them out. Our body and mind are so intricate that they are programmed to alert us when some element of our lives goes unresolved. They come in the form of thoughts and feelings, and ignoring them can be more detrimental to long-term well being and peace of mind. What the media and even those closest to you can fail to teach you is that real life is not a series of highlight reels. We are all finally coming to that realization, but not without a lot of wasted time behind us.

One can not, for all intents and purposes, be happy all of the time. Factor in the state of the world, the inconsistent nature of others, and our own personal tragedies and you've got a recipe for daily misery. For many, the thought of being marshmallow rainbows and sunshine flowers about essentially everything seems bonkers. I would venture to say, in fact, that it's simply unnatural. And so this is to say, that we are all entitled to be unhappy, angry, confused, lost, practically any feeling that ties to the state of being human. Part of living a complete life includes hardship, and learning to weather these times will give you powerful tools to use in other areas of your life. That's where optimism really comes into play.

A common misconception of optimism for many that have not been able to access it in the past revolves around its nature. I've been told by many "You're just a naturally happy person, it's harder for someone like me". There are a few things I am certain of, one being: you can't control the degree of hardship in your life. A universal truth is that many people will experience more varieties of difficulty, more often than their peers. This can lead to an isolating mentality, and spiraling will almost seem inevitable. The power of optimism is not in eliminating struggles, but in that person's ability to take control of the one thing in their power- the way they feel.

A common theme around optimistic people you will find is not the lack of power they have to eliminate their difficulties, but in the well-being they create for themselves in the midst of the chaos. In fact, the most optimistic people I have ever met are those with the least to smile about! Joblessness, unjust charges, an unsupportive family- these are all problems that anyone can face at any given time, and often they don't have simple solutions. Except for the optimist.

All these downfalls can be happening simultaneously, and still, an optimistic person will remain centered and able use perspective to their advantage.

In other words, optimism isn't so much a scapegoat for the human experience we all share. Rather, it's a coping mechanism for those time's when we need a steady foundation to cling to. Very similar to the way religious people pray to god or a workaholic finds solace in their projects, but without the complications.The best part is, there is no secret recipe, no hidden agenda, no sacrifice necessary; anyone can be an optimist. We all have the capability to view the brighter side of any situation presented to us.

The only concrete difference between the optimist (and everyone else) seems to be their steadfast ability to relinquish control for acceptance. Acceptance in the present moment, and trust in their conviction to see the forest through the trees.

I guess the real question is, why aren't we all optimists?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me


As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.


Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.


As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FmWuCgJmxo

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less

'The Addams Family 2' Film Review

The sequel to the 2019 reboot is an enjoyable, but unremarkable start to the Halloween movie season

Photo Credit: MGM – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd82bSBDE84

There's a reason why the Addams Family have become icons of the American cartoon pantheon (although having one of the catchiest theme songs in television history doesn't hinder them).

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments